Sri Durga (born 10 August 1973), known by the screen name Malashri, is an Indian film actress.
She has worked predominantly in Kannada films in addition to Telugu and Tamil films.
As a child, Jayanthi went to the studios to see her idol N T Rama Rao. Affectionately he had asked her whether she would agree to become his heroine and the little girl had merely blushed.
The pair would go on later in life to produce successful films such as Jagadeka Veeruni Katha, Kula Gowravam, Kondaveeti Simham and Justice Chowdhury.
Jayanthi was ridiculed most of the times as she was plump and could never dance well.
During her teens she had the chance to act in a few Tamil and Telugu movies in bit parts. Incidentally this was actress Chandrakala's first film as well. Her next major film was T V Singh Thakur's Chandavalliya Thota.
Her portrayal of a haughty, shrewish woman in the movie won her many accolades heralding her as one of the top actresses in Kannada Cinema.
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Geetha also acted in Tamil Serials like Kai Alavu Manasu and Engirindho Vanthaal, both directed by K. She also starred in the Tamil Serials such as Katha Kathayaam Karanamaam and recently in Rajakumari, where she played Ramya Krishnan's mother which aired on Sun TV.
During 80s and early 90s Geetha was considered by many as one of the most beautiful heroines at that time in South India.
A leading actress of Kannada cinema in the late 1980s and 1990s, Malashri garnered praise for her portrayal of a homely Indian girl and character roles.
She was popularly called Kanasina Rani ("Dream Girl") in the media.
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